A.X. Ruiz is a writer, teacher, and progressive activist raised in Central Florida. His writing ranges from fiction about ghosts to cartoon-based persona poems to essays on circumcision and menstruation. His self-care involves bouncy pop music, comic books, and lifting barbells in toe-shoes, though rarely all at once. He lives in Camden, NJ, where he is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. He tweets at @A_X_Ruiz and blogs at axruiz.tumblr.com.